The best location for Warning Lights
It may be commonly over looked when using an x-ray room day in and day out but at some point somebody has put a lot of thought in to one specific thing… where on earth is the best location to install the x-ray room warning light!
Warning lights are a requirement for rooms that use radiation. From x-ray to CT, it is important that the entrance door is clearly marked and illuminated with a sign that states the type of radiation and whether it is safe to enter.
Okay, so here is a scenario…
You are the electrician. You are holding a bulky box warning light in your hands along with some drawings and a specification that states that a warning light is required for this radiation room. However, there is no specific location drawn on the drawings as to where and what height the warning light needs to be. You know that if you put it in the wrong location then you could be responsible for wiring it all up in the wrong position.
You are then faced with the question; “should I go for it, or should I go ask somebody else?”. You choose the latter and they are not sure either so they do not want to be held accountable. Finally you manage to locate some drawings describing the approximate whereabouts to place it but then you notice that is next to another door and think; “what if people get confused with the doors? What if it sticks out of the wall too much? What if people can’t see the sign from that angle?” So you try to place the warning light above the door, but… there is no space above the door, and even if there was people wouldn’t see it in such a narrow corridor. Also if it is installed above the door, would it be easy to maintain, clean and service?
Of course these are issues that all need to be considered when installing a warning light. The radiation room is going to be used for a long time and contains a very expensive piece of equipment, it is a hard decision to take responsibility for. So where is the best location for a warning light?
After feedback from hospital, veterinary, dentistry, veterinary, chiropractic users, their patients, and plenty of research about this topic, Raybloc came up with a solution. A warning light that not only doesn’t need servicing thanks to LED technology, but it is clearly visible, at eye level, and in a location that is easily recognised to what door it represents. This location is… on the opening door leaf itself!
The new design allows easily recognition to which door is saying “X-rays, Do Not Enter”. The wording seen below can be amended pre installation to whatever the room requires. It has no maintenance or servicing because of the LED functionality there are no bulbs to blow, so the room doesn’t have to be closed down because of a blown bulb. And, because it is flush with the door, it can be wiped down with the door, hence no dirt/dust traps which increases their appeal even further from an infection control standpoint. Oh, and let’s not forget, it replaces the bulky old fashion boxes on the wall with conduit running down the wall.
Our X-ray flush mounted warning light’s can be personalised with company names on the top as in this example for Toshiba.
The final result is a real next generation innovation for x-ray warning lights in the UK, Europe, and now around the world. More and more architects, RPAs, radiologists, radiation protection officers, and contractors are specifying the flush mount door warning lights, not just for practicality and convenience of no room down time due to blown bulbs, but for its stylish looks also. Be sure to be ahead of the game and let your next builder or carpenter know about this style of warning light.
Author: Lewis Haydon, Raybloc X-ray Protection Ltd.